Cologne Beckons...

August, 2004

A Dream Becomes Reality

  “What a fantastic spectacle is presented on this stage by your gathering here today! Who claimed that today’s youth has lost their sense of values? Is it really true that they cannot be counted on?“  

These were the profound sentiments expressed by Pope John Paul II, to a throng of 300,000 youngsters gathered in Rome at his invitation to an International Jubilee of Youth in 1984. On Easter day that year, His Holiness presented and entrusted the young people with the future World Youth Day cross, thus reinforcing the great hope that the Church has in the youth.  

In December, 1984 the Pope announced the institution of World Youth Day. And in 1986, on Palm Sunday, the first official World Youth Day was celebrated in Rome. Today, nineteen World Youth Day celebrations later, the event has come to be known as one of the largest gatherings of young people on the planet.  

Cologne Beckons...